Navigating the Paperwork of a Marriage

Getting married can take a lot of planning when it comes to the big day. But in between the dress and the cake have you forgotten the necessary paperwork? Marriage will require you to think about a lot of lifestyle aspects that may have not come up in previous conversation or planning. The attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson can help you in the navigation of paperwork related to your marriage.

 

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement works like this: you create a document listing your assets and existing debts, have your attorney draft the agreement, then get a notary to sign the agreement for you to keep on file. Having this on file is a form of protection for your personal assets if your marriage turns sour. That why your spouse can’t take what was yours before the marriage. Any debts you accrue together during your marriage is a different story and will have to be sorted through and agreed upon throughout the divorce process.

 

Apply for a Marriage License

A month before your marriage ceremony you will want to head to your local county clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license. There is often a fee that is associated with the license so make sure you plan ahead. Once you have received your license you will want to make sure your officiant signs it for you. Once it is signed you can mail your license to have it filed. It takes anywhere from a few days to a week depending on the state you are filing in.

 

Change your Name

If you decide to take the name of your spouse you will need to begin the process of changing your name. The first step is to change your name on your Social Security Card. You will need to locate the nearest social security office and schedule an appointment. There you will be required to bring you official marriage license, any forms they require, and pay a small fee. It takes some time for your new Social Security Card to arrive in the mail. Once you have your new Social Security Card in hand you can go to the DMV to have your name changed on new driver’s license. They will also need to see your marriage certificate and may require you to fill out a form.  Don’t forget to have your name changed on any existing loans, credit cards, bank accounts, health insurance, and other billing agencies.

 

While marriage may require some planning and a bit of paperwork you can rest easy knowing that the attorneys from Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo are here to help. We can give you a variety of legal advice no matter what your situation is. Call us today for more information about our firm.

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Norman H. Jackson, Utah Court of Appeals Judge, Retired, has joined the law firm of Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC, effective April 2017.  Judge Jackson was one of the seven founding Judges of the Utah Court of Appeals and served terms as Presiding and Associate Presiding Judge.
 
Judge Jackson was the senior attorney in a Richfield law firm for eighteen years.  The firm engaged in legal, business and tax cases, including practice before State and Federal Courts, U.S. Board of Land Appeals, Utah Public Service Commission and Arizona Corporation Commission.  Clients included counties, cities, banks department stores, communications and credit associations, irrigation companies, auto dealers, building supply stores, farmers, ranchers and small businesses. They took “every type of case that came through the door,” from criminal defense work to a patent royalty dispute for the inventor of the Frisbee. Judge Jackson has been a lifetime rancher doing business in Utah as Jackson Cattle Company and Arizona as EJ Cattle Ranches.
 
Judge Jackson’s professional service includes terms on the Utah State Bar Commission, Bar Foundation (President and Vice President), Air Travel Commission, and Utah Information Technology Commission.  He served on the Judiciary’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee for thirteen years and initiated and supervised the Appellate Court Mediation Office.  He developed and advanced a realistic and workable framework for both of Utah’s Appellate Courts to use in reviewing trial court and administrative agency decisions.  He published three editions of Utah Standards of Appellate Review while participating in more than 2,000 appellate court decisions.  
 
Judge Jackson’s experience will complement the other outstanding lawyers at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC.  The firm will continue its representation of injured individuals, as well as clients in real estate, business, estate planning, tax, contract and education matters.
 

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